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Filipino nurses celebrate 43 years in Belgium
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FILIPINO NURSES PAYS TRIBUTE TO 70 YEARS OF PHL-BE RELATIONS; CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY ON OPENING OF PHIL FLAG DAYS

Four (4) Filipino/Belgian nurses based in Charleroi, Belgium and its environs reacquired their Filipino nationality on 27 May 2016 at Montigny-Le-Tilleul as they celebrate the 43rd year of their presence as Filipino nurses in Belgium.

Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, ‘inducted’ Mesdames Zenaida Gonzales, Flordeliza Mesina, Elflida Mortel and Roqueta Tambanillo as a fitting tribute to the 70th year of Philippine-Belgian relations and in observance of the first day of the Philippine Flag Days (28 May to 12 June).

Also present during the event were the other members of the ‘original’ arrivals in Belgium, led by Ms. Carol Baldovino, in whose residence the event took place.

The initial batch of Filipino nurses came to Belgium as early as 1969. It was, however, in 1973 that the late Mr. Andre De Cooman, then Director-General of the former Intercommunale d’Oeuvres Sociales (InterMunicipal Social Works of Charleroi) which managed the former “Le Rayon de Soleil” (The Rays of the Sun), came to Manila and recruited some fifty (50) Filipino nurses with the assistance of the Belgian Embassy in Manila. Mr. De Cooman and Dr. Marie-Jeanne De Cooman, a Pediatrician, believed in the Filipino nurses’ dedication and loyalty and hoped that their strong sense of duty and service will provide a new dimension to the then problematic “Le Rayon de Soleil”. The hospital couldn’t operate properly then without the presence of qualified nurses. In 1985, the hospital was closed in view of a ruling from the Belgian Ministry of Health requiring that the number of hospital beds in the regions be diminished. Most of the nurses continued to work at the Centre Hospitaliere Universitaire Andre Vesale.

To date, these nurses are now retired and/or have migrated to either the United States or Canada.

The presence of Filipino nurses in Belgium since 1968 serves as a fitting testament of the success of Philippine-Belgium people-to-people relationships which has grown stronger through the years.

 

Philippine Embassy in Brussels

 

297 Avenue Moliere, 1050 Brussels
E-mail: consular.brusselspe@gmail.com

Consular matters: (+32) 02 340 33 73 
Consular matters: (+32) 02 340 33 74

Trunkline: (+32) 02 340 33 77 to 78

Fax Number: (+32) 02 345 64 25
Duty Officer: (+32) 0488 609.177
E-mail: brusselspe@gmail.com

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Operating Hours of the
Consular Section

- Assessment and processing of application for a travel document is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

- Mondays to Fridays (except Belgium & Philippine declared holidays)

Note: Applicants should come appropriately attired.

 

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HOLIDAYS

In view of the observance Philippine and Belgian holidays, the Embassy will be closed to the public on the following days:

  • 01 May 2017, Monday - Labor Day
  • 25 May 2017, Thursday - Ascension Day
  • 05 June 2017, Monday - Whit Monday
  • 12 June 2017, Monday - Philippine Independence Day

For urgent matters, please call the Embassy's Duty Officer Phone: 0488-609-177. Thank you.

 

2017 Declared Holidays

Trade & Investment Center

Jose Antonio S. Buencamino

Commercial Counselor
Avenue Louise 207, Bte 5B, 1050
Brussels, Belgium View Map
Tel: +32 2 649.44.00 / 649.89.48
Fax: +32 2 649.89.40
E-mail: brussels@dti.gov.ph
Web: www.dti.gov.ph

 

 

 

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ANTWERP

PETER VAN BOGAERT
Consul General, a.h.

Venneborglaan 90, 2100 Deurne, Antwerp
E-mail: pb.vanbogaert@skynet.be
E-mail: aguansing@skynet.be
Tel No./Fax (03) 325.71. 16

LUXEMBOURG

ALAIN KINSCH
Consul General, a.h.

New Ernst & Young Bldg.35E Avenue John F. Kennedy 2L-1855 Luxembourg
Tel. No. (+352) 42 124 8444
(+352) 42 124 84 06 
Email: alain.kinsch@lu.ey.com

 

 

Agricultural Office

Jose I.C. Laquian

Agricultural Attaché
Tel:  +(32) 02 340 37 90 
Fax: +(32) 02 343 02 69
E-mailagribxl@gmail.com
For more information on the Philippine agricultural sector, please visit the following website: www.da.gov.ph

 

OV and other Advisories

GUIDELINES ON THE AVAILMENT OF AWARDS AND INCENTIVES FOR OVERSEAS FILIPINO CENTENARIANS UNDER R.A. 10868 AND ITS IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

PUBLIC ADVISORY ON DELAYS IN RELEASE OF PASSPORTS

The Department of Foreign Affairs requests the public's kind understanding on the ongoing delays in the release of passports. These delays are due to technical issues on the part of the company printing the passports.

Those with immediate travel plans are advised to wait until their passports are released before confirming their flights.

Please  be  assured  that  the  Department  is  exerting  all  efforts  to  ensure  the resumption of normal services as soon as possible.

OV MATTERS

List of OV in Belgium and Luxembourg whose registration will be deactivated by the RERB in OFOV for failing to vote in the last two consecutive elections (2013 and 2016).

List of Printed IDs of Voters registered in Belgium recently received from COMELEC (available at the Embassy)

List of Printed IDs of Voters registered in Luxembourg recently received from COMELEC (available at the Embassy)

INFOMERCIAL:   REGISTER AND VOTE

Notice of Hearing

 

 

 

 

 

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